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Government Economic Strategy

  • The Government Economic Strategy provides the direction for all of government and the wider public sector to work together to deliver its over-arching Purpose: “To focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.”
  • The Government will use the 7 Purpose Targets to drive and monitor progress on achieving the Purpose.

Working and Learning Together and COSLA / SG joint statement on CLD

  • WALT sets out the long-term framework for development of community learning and development (CLD) in Scotland.
  • It identifies three national priorities for CLD: achievement through learning for young people; achievement through learning for adults; achievement through building community capacity.
  • The recent joint statement (2008) sets WALT within the context of the local government Concordat and the National Performance Framework (see below for detail of these).
  • It sets challenges for partnerships: demonstrating the outcomes of CLD, embedding links within community planning, and workforce development.

Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020

  • New strategic guidance to increase the number of adults with stronger literacies capabilities.
  • Four overarching outcomes with aims and actions specified within them.

The Adult ESOL Strategy for Scotland (PDF, 186Kb)

  • The vision of this strategy is that “all Scottish residents for whom English is not a first language have the opportunity to access high quality English language provision so that they can acquire the language skills to enable them to participate in Scottish life: in the workplace, through further study, within the family, the local community, Scottish society and the economy. These language skills are central to giving people a democratic voice and supporting them to contribute to the society in which they live.”
  • The strategy focuses on the provision of publicly funded ESOL in Scotland for a community of learners which includes new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, along with settled minority ethnic communities. We also recognise the contribution that Scotland’s thriving commercial EFL (English as a Foreign Language) sector makes, to meeting the needs of international students wishing to learn English.

Moving Forward: A Strategy for Improving Young People’s Chances through Youth Work

  • This national youth work strategy aims to give youth work in Scotland the best possible opportunity to play an increasingly visible, sustainable and effective role in achieving long term benefits for young people.
  • Some of the measure include long-term changes such as getting more young people into education, training, or employment, tackling sectarianism and supporting young people dealing with issues relating to drugs and alcohol.

Development of the Community Empowerment Action Plan

  • In April 2008 the Scottish Government and COSLA issued a joint statement of commitment to community empowerment, which establishes a long-term path to ensuring community empowerment.
  • They agreed the following definition of community empowerment: “Community empowerment is a process where people work together to make change happen in their communities by having more power and influence over what matters to them.”
  • The Scottish Government is developing an action plan to be launched in 2009 to help more communities become more empowered.

Skills for Scotland – a lifelong learning skills strategy (PDF, 617Kb)

  • The Skills Strategy is a framework to show how all the constituent parts of the Scottish education and learning systems can contribute to improving Scotland’s skills base. Each part of the strategy considers very specific target groups, from early years through to adulthood.
  • The strategy sets out what the Government’s objectives need to be to develop a cohesive lifelong learning system centred upon the individual but responsive to employer needs.
  • It aims to ensure that skills contribute as much as possible to achieving sustainable economic growth.

The Early years framework This framework seeks to maximise positive opportunities for children to get the start in life that will provide a strong platform for the future success of Scotland.

  • At the heart of this framework is an approach which recognises the right of all young children to high quality relationships, environments and services which offer a holistic approach to meeting their needs. Such needs should be interpreted broadly and encompass play, learning, social relationships and emotional and physical wellbeing.

Achieving Our Potential: A Framework to Tackle Poverty and Income Inequality in Scotland (PDF, 1.66Mb)

  • This Framework for tackling poverty and income inequality fits with other Scottish Government policies – on early years, for example, and on health inequalities. We know that having the best possible start in life, a good education, good health and enough money can all help make society more equal.
  • There is a lot of good work already going on across Scotland to fight poverty. This Framework builds on that work and looks at what we – the Scottish Government, those we work with, and wider society – need to do next.

Equally Well: Report of the ministerial task force on health inequalities (PDF, 514Kb)

  • This is a report of the Ministerial Task Force on health inequalities, which is ambitious in scope and based on the principle of opportunity for all. Recommendations are based on the latest international evidence and will put Scotland in the vanguard of countries grappling with these difficult issues.
  • The Task Force has taken on board the new approach of the Scottish Government to developing policy, which is to unite Ministerial portfolios to address the underlying causes of health inequalities. COSLA has been fully involved in the development of the report and has given its full commitment to delivering on this agenda.
  • The report brings together thinking on poverty, lack of employment, children’s lives and support for families and physical and social environments, as well as on health and wellbeing. It makes clear that we will not only respond to the consequences of health inequalities, but also tackle its causes.

More Choices, More Chances – a strategy to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training in Scotland (PDF, 453Kb)

  • This strategy proposes a two fold approach to tackling young people who need more choices and chances, (i) at the pre 16 stage in order to stem the flows into the group, and (ii) at the 16-19 stage, to provide routes for young people to get back into education, employment or training.
  • It is an ambitious agenda requiring a national effort – in recognition of the national priority the Scottish Government places on giving young people the best possible start to adult life and work. The Scottish Government is working with The Smith Group (a group of business and education leaders chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin) to implement the strategy.

Curriculum for Excellence

  • The purpose of Curriculum for Excellence is to improve the learning, attainment and achievement of children and young people in Scotland. It is also about ensuring that pupils achieve on a broad front, not just in terms of examinations.
  • It aims to provide the structure and support in learning which will enable young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors to society and at work.

National Performance Framework

  • All the Government does is driven by the purpose: “…to focus the Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth”.
  • Activity to achieve the purpose is supported by the National Performance Framework.
  • Scotland Performs was launched on June 2 2008 and publishes for the first time the data to show how well the country is progressing against this framework. It is designed to be clear, logical and easy to understand. It will be updated whenever relevant new statistical information is available, to indicate progress against the associated target or indicator.